Black, Washington to be honored March 2

HOLLYWOOD — The Producers Guild of America has tapped “Antwone Fisher” producers Todd Black and Denzel Washington as recipients of the org’s Stanley Kramer Award.

The kudos will be presented at the PGA awards ceremonies March 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The PGA launched the Kramer award last year to honor a producer whose work illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Producers of “I Am Sam” won the first award.

Living up to a legacy

Karen Kramer said, “This film lives up to the Stanley Kramer legacy by making a unique statement about a man’s inhumanity and his ability to challenge all of us to rise above negative circumstances and nourish hope so we can overcome obstacles that have been forced upon us.”

Black and Washington said, “It was important to us to bring Antwone Fisher’s story to the screen because it needed to be told. This incredible man defied the odds and triumphed despite everything that stood in his way. It is our hope that those struggling will be inspired by Antwone Fisher and realize that one doesn’t have to be a victim of circumstance. There is always an opportunity to change one’s life.”

The PGA, which has 1,800 members, is set to announce nominations in film and TV categories next Thursday, with Rita Wilson and Bradley Whitford handling the announcement at the Century Plaza. Wilson is due to receive the org’s Visionary Award for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

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